- Published on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 16:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s request for a $69-per-parcel tax failed to secure the two-thirds majority required to pass on the Gubernatorial General Election Nov. 2.
As of Monday’s press deadline, 69,338 residents (57.69 percent) voted in favor of Measure E, with 50,852 voters (42.31 percent) against the parcel tax.
“The Board of Trustees struggled for months deciding whether to put an educational funding measure on the ballot,” wrote Chancellor Linda M. Thor and Board President Bruce Swenson in a release to the Town Crier. “In the end, after seeing thousands of students unable to get classes they need, the board felt morally compelled to ask district voters if they would provide temporary local funding to help offset deep state budget cuts that have hurt so many students. It is bittersweet that a majority of voters supported Measure E but that it did not receive the necessary two-thirds approval.”
The release said moving forward, the district would continue to serve as many students as possible, reduce its expenses and pursue alternative funding sources.
“In the months ahead, we will advocate in Sacramento for improved funding for California’s community colleges and work together with our employees to address the district’s fiscal challenges,” they wrote.
– Traci Newell
Chang earns county board of education seat
Cupertino resident Michael Chang defeated two local residents in the race for the local seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.
As of Monday’s press deadline, Chang received 32,672 votes (50.96 percent), while Los Altos Hills resident George Tyson totaled 23,700 votes (36.97 percent) and Los Altos resident Lynette Eng tallied 7,740 votes (12.07 percent).
Chang is currently a professor at De Anza College and was endorsed by T.N. Ho, who is vacating the seat on the county board.
– Traci Newell
Schmidt wins water district race
Brian Schmidt, an environmental attorney from Mountain View, defeated Los Altos Councilman Lou Becker to win the newly created District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. Schmidt received 29,076 votes (56.7 percent) and Becker totaled 22,247 (43.4 percent).
Schmidt taught environmental law at Stanford University and has served on the water district’s environmental advisory and performance audit committees.
– Jana Seshadri